Programs & Services
Preston Youth Services places a special focus on our middle school population, we believe offering opportunities are extremely important to engage these students who might be too young for employment or might not be involved in team sports and/or other traditional school activities.
Counseling services were enhanced this year at Preston Schools through Youth Services. Through our grant we are able to provide services to identified students and their families. We believe early identification and intervention services with our students will be prove to be very beneficial in their future.
Workshops & Speakers
Youth related performances provided at each school to promote positive youth development. We were fortunate enough to have Rachel’s Challenge presented at Preston Plains Middle School this year. Please see attached letter.
If you are having trouble in Math, English, History, Science, Language Arts or Study Skills, then this tutoring program is the perfect opportunity for you. The tutors are your teachers! Any student in grade 6th, 7th and 8th is welcome to come and join our program. If you are interested in receiving some extra help with your schoolwork, or even just want to come in and see what we are all about, contact the Youth Services Coordinator at 860-334-6125 or stop by office on Monday or Thursday between 9 and 3.
Preston Youth Services works closely with the schools, Resident State Troopers, agencies and organizations to assess community needs develop strategies and implement effective programs.
Activities are presented which teach diversity, acceptance and problem solving skills to grades 6-8 within the Advisor/Advisory Program. Youth Services works directly with Olof Sigmarsdottir (Preston Plains Psychologist) to help establish a curriculum that is used weekly by all Preston Plains students and staff in small group sessions.
Babysitting & First Aid
Become a certified babysitter and receive a First Aid certification. A one-session babysitting course is offered by the American Red Cross and Youth Services staff. A certificate will be awarded to all participants who complete the course. Instructional materials, course booklets, and dinner included.
Activities are offered throughout the year specifically for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Activities include dances, open gym activities, trips and holiday theme nights. Activities will be added as interests are expressed.
This program aims to promote positive self-esteem, body image and good decision making skills while having fun and meeting new people. Meets every Thursday after school until 4:30 at Preston Plains Middle School.
A job referral service is available to Preston youth ages 13 -18. The main objective of the Job Bank is to instill a sense of responsibility and positive work ethic in youth. Members are responsible for contacting residents who request various jobs to be done such as painting, cleaning, party helper, yard work, snow shoveling, and animal care. Members complete a 30 to 40 minute interview prior to acceptance into the program. Ratings on job performance are kept on each member and often used as a reference for future employment.
Youth Services Advisory Club
Do you have ideas for something different to do? If you are, and you do, then you should attend the Youth Services Advisory Club. Come to meetings, brainstorm ideas, create advertisements, attend events and activities and enjoy refreshments. Meetings are held after school at Preston Plains Middle School.
Counseling services are private, confidential and offers a warm, supportive, and trusting environment. Resource Center Therapists are specially trained in Family Therapy and Individual Models of therapy to help you address and resolve difficulties that you may be experiencing. Counseling fees are affordable. Some insurances, sliding scale and Husky Insurance.
Our Local Prevention Council works directly with SERAC to provide direct education to the students, families and community of Preston on the many problems and kinds of substance abuse and addiction.
Southeastern Regional Action Council (SERAC) is one of 14 Regional Action Councils (RACS) created by the Connecticut Legislature in 1989 to help communities address the problems of substance abuse and addiction on a local level.
SERAC is a nonprofit organization. Our membership includes community leaders, professionals, parents, youth and other concerned citizens interested in developing and carrying out strategies to reduce and prevent addiction and to support the recovery of individuals affected by addiction. We focus on all types of addictions including alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and gambling. We are not a direct service provider.
Preston YSB looks forward to continuing to work
together with you to build a strong community.